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Walters State Celebrates 25th Paramedic Graduation
August 31, 2018

Walters State’s Paramedic Class 25 graduates were celebrated during recent graduation ceremonies. Thirteen new paramedic are now working for local agencies.
The colors were presented by the Sullivan County EMS Honor Guard. The graduates were challenged to always be ready by speaker Brian Robinson, training coordinator for the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.
The three-semester paramedic program is part of its Division of Public Safety.
Graduates are Tyler William Brock of Claiborne County EMS; Caleb Michael Heath of Grainger County EMS; Kaitlyn Christine Payne of Greene County EMS; Elizabeth Cheyenne West of Morristown-Hamblen EMS; Zachary Andrew Helton, Denise C. Pope and Crystal Brooke Woods, all of Jefferson County EMS; James Garett Edwards and Mihaly Orosz of the Sevierville Fire Department; Brent Hays and Jasper Gerald Rolen of Sevier County EMS; Richard Trent Walizer of the Gatlinburg Fire Department; and Austin Dakota Norman of the Karns Fire Department. 

Mihaly Orosz of the Sevierville Fire Department received the Leadership Award.

Tyler Brock received the Academic Award. He is with the Claiborne EMS. Brent Hayes received the Professional Development Award. Hayes is employed by Sevier County EMS.

Elizabeth Cheyenne West received the Clinical Excellence Award. She is employed by Morristown-Hamblen EMS. Denise Pope was named the Paramedic Student of the Year. Pope is employed by Jefferson EMS. 

Caleb Michael Heath received the Douglas Allen Johnston Award of Excellence. The award is named in honor of a paramedic student who passed away while enrolled in the program. Heath is employed by the Grainger County EMS.
Ric Chapman received the Award of Excellence in Teaching. Chapman is with the Sullivan County EMS.